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In a sunny spot s f, jod an old country-house, encircled b\ 
canals. Between f he wak and the water's edge there grew hugL 
burdock leaves, that had shot up to such a height that a littl« 
child might have stood upright under the tallest of them ; and 
this spot was as wild as though it had been situated in the deptV 
^, a ttood. In this snug retirement a duck was setting on he; 



nest to hatch her young ; but she began to think it a weansom<> 
task as the little ones seemed very backward in making their 
appearance : besides, she had few visitors ; for the other ducks 
preferred swimming about in the canals, instead of beino- at the 
trouble of climbing up the slope, and then sitting under a bur- 
dock leaf to gossip with her. 

At length one egg cracked, and then another. " Peep! peep!" 
cried they, as each yolk became a live thing, and popped out 
its head. 

" Quack ! quack I " said the mother, and they tried to cackle 
like her, while they looked all about them under the green leaves* 
and she allowed them to look to their heart's content, because 
green is good for the eyes. 

" How large the world is, to be sure ! " said the young ones. 
And truly enough, they had rather more room than when they 
•vcre still 4n the egg-shell. 



" Do you fancy this is the whole world ? " cried the mother. 
" Why, it reaches far away beyond the other side of the garden, 
down to the parson's field ; though I never went to such a dis- 
tance as that! " But are you all there? " continued she, rising. 
" No, faith ! you are not ; for there still lies the largest egg. I 
wonder how long this business is to last— I really begin to grow 
quite tired of it!" And she sat clown once more. 

"Well, how are you getting on ? " inquired an old duck, who 
came to pay her a visit. 

" This egg takes a deal of hatching," answered the sitting 
duck, " it won't break ; but just look at the others, are they not 
the prettiest ducklings ever seen ? They are the image of their 
father, who, by-the-bye, does not trouble himself to come and see 


" Let me look at the egg that won't break," quoth the old 



duck. "Take my word for it, it must be a guinea-fowl's egg. 
I was once deceived in the same way, and I bestowed a deal 
of car: and anxiety on the youngsters, for they are afraid of 
water. I could not make them take to it. I stormed and raved, 
but it was of no use. Let's see the egg. Sure enough, it is a 
guinea-fowl's egg. Leave it alone, and set about teaching the 
other children to swim." 

"I'll just sit upon it a bit longer," said the duck; "for 
since I § have sat so long, a few days more won't make much 

" Please yourself," said the old duck, as she went away. 

At length the large egg cracked. "Peep! peep!" squeaked 
the youngster, as he crept out. How big and ugly he was to be 
sure ! The duck looked at him, saying, " Really this is a most 
enormous duckling! None of the others are like him. I wondet 
whether he is a guinea-chick after all ? Well, we shall soon s^e 



when we go down to the water ; for in he shall go, though I push 

him in mys< f." 

On the fr. 'lowing morning the weather was most delightful, 

and the sun was shining brightly 
on the green burdock leaves. 
The mother cluck took her young 
brood down to the canal. Splash 
into the water she went. " Quack ! 
quack!" cried she, and forthwith 
one duckling after another jumped 
in. The water closed over their 
heads for a moment; but they soon 
rose to the surface again, and swam 
about so nicely, just as if their legs 

paddled them about af their own accord ; and they had all taken 

to the water; even tho ugly, gray-coated youngster swam about 

-vith the rest. 




■ Nay, he is no guinea- 
chick," said she, "only 
look how capitally he 
uses his leirs, and how 
steady he keeps himself ; 
he's every inch my own 
child ! And really he's 
very pretty when one 
comes to look at him 
attentively. Quack- 
quack ! " added she, 
" now come along and I'll take you into high society, 
and introduce you to the duck-yard , but mind you keep 



close to me, that nobody 
may tread upon you; 
and, above all, beware of 
the cat." 

They now reached the 
farm-yard, where there 
was a threat hubbub. Two 
families were fighting for 
an eel's head, which, in 
the end, was carried off by 
the cat. 
" See, children, that's the way with the world ! " remarked th= 
mother of the ducklings, licking her beak, for she would have 
been very glad to have had the eel's head for herself. " Now, 
move on ! " said she, " and mind you cackle properly, and bow 
your head before that old duck yonder; she is the noblest born 
of them all, and is of Spanish descent, and that's why she is 


SO dignified; and look! she has a red rag tied to her leg, which 
is the greatest mark of distinction that can be bestowed upon a 
duck, as it shows an anxiety not to lose her, and that she should 
be recognized by both man and beast. Now cackle— and don't 
turn in your toes ; a well-bred duckling spreads his feet wide apart, 
like papa and mamma, in this sort of way. Now bend your neck, 
and say, 'Quack'" 



The ducklings did as they were bid; but the other ducks, 
after looking at them, only said aloud : " Now look ! there 
comes another set, as if we were not numerous enough already. 
And bless me ! what a queer-looking chap one of the ducklings 
is to be sure — we can't put up with him ! " And one of the 
throng darted forward, and bit him in the neck. 

" Leave him alone," said the mother, " he did no harm to any 



" No ; but he is too big and uncouth," said the biting duck. 
" and therefore he wants a thrashing." 

" Mamma has a sweet little family," said the old duck, with the 
red rag about her leg ; " they are all pretty except one, who is rather 
ill-favored. I wish mamma could polish him a bit." 

" I'm afraid that will be impossible, your grace," said the 
mother of the ducklings. " It's true, he is not pretty, but he 
has a very good disposition, and swims as well, or perhaps bet- 
ter than all the others put together. However, he may grow 
prettier, and perhaps become smaller ; he remained too long in 



the egg-shell, and therefore his figure is not properly formed." 
And with this she smoothed down the ruffled feathers of his neck, 
adding, " At all events, as he is a male duck, it won't matter so 
much. I think he'll prove strong, and be able to fight his way 
through the world." 

" The other ducklings are elegant little creatures," said the 
old duck. "Now, make yourself at home; and if you should 
happen to find an eel's head, you can bring it to me." 

And so the family made themselves comfortable. 

But the poor duckling who had been the last to creep out 
of his egg-shell, and looked so ugly, was bitten, pushed about, and 
made game of, not only by the ducks, but by the hens. They 
all declared he was much to bier; and a sruinea-fowl who fancied 
himself at least an emperor, because he had come into the world 
with spurs, now puffed himself up like a vessel in full sail and 
flew at the Duckling, and blustered till his head turned completely 
red, so that the poor little thing did not know where he could 
walk or stand, and was quite grieved at being so ugly that the 
whole farm-yard scouted him. 



Nor did matters mend the next day, or the following ones, but 
rather grew worse and worse. The poor Duckling was hunted 
down by everybody. Even his sisters were so unkind to him, that 
they were continually saying, •' I wish the cat would run away 
with you, you ugly creature !" while his mother added, "I wish 
you had never been born I " And the ducks pecked at him, the 

hens struck him, and the girl who fed the poultry used to kick 

So he ran away, and flew over the palings. The little birds in 
the bushes were startled, and took wing. " That is because I am 
so ugly," thought the Duckling, as he closed his eyes in despair, 
but presently he roused up again, and ran on further till he came 
to a large marsh inhabited by wild ducks. Here he spent the 
whole night— and tired and sorrowful enough he was. 

On the following morning, when the wild ducks rose and saw 



their new comrade, they said, " What sort of a creature are you ? " 
Upon which the duckling greeted them all round as civilly as he 
knew how. 

"You are remarkably ugly," observed the ducks ;" but we don't 
care about that so long as you do not want to marry into our family." 
Poor forlorn creature! He had truly no such thoughts in his 




head. All he wanted was to obtain leave to lie 
rushes, and drink a little of the marsh water. 

He remained there for two whole days, at the end of which 
there came two wild geese, or, more properly speaking, goslings, 
who were only just out of the egg-shell and consequently very 


" I say, friend,'' quoth they, " you are so ug'y, that we should 
have no objection to take you with us for a travelling companion. 
In the neighboring marsh there dwell some sweetly pretty female 
geese, all of them unmarried, and who cackle most charmingly. 
Perhaps you may have a chance to pick up a wife amongst them, 
ugly as you are." 

Pop! pop! sounded through the air, and the two wild goslings 
fell dead amongst the rushes, while the 'water turned as red as 
blood. Pop ! pop ! again echoed around, and whole flocks of 



wild geese flew up from the rushes. Again and again the same 
alarming noise was heard. It was a shooting party, and the 
sportsmen surrounded the whole marsh, while others had climbed 
into the branches of the trees that overshadowed the rushes. A 
blue mist rose in clouds and mingled with the green leaves, and 
sailed far away across the water ; a pack of ducks next flounced 
into the marsh. Splash, splash they went, while the reeds and 

rushes bent beneath them on all sides. What a fright they occa- 
sioned the poor Duckling! He turned away his head to hide it 
under his wing, when lo ! a tremendous looking dog, with his 
tongue lolling out, and his eyes glaring fearfully, stood right be- 
fore him, opening his jaws and showing his sharp teeth as though 



he would gobble up the poor Duckling at a mouthful! — but 
splash ! splash ! on he went without touching him. 

" Thank goodness ! " sighed the Duckling, " I am so ugly that 
even a dog won't bite me." 

And he lay quite still, while the shot rattled through the rushes, 
and pop after pop echoed through the air. 




It was not till late in the day that all became quiet, but the poor 
youngster did not yet venture to rise, but waited several hours 
before he looked about him, and then hastened out of the marsh as 
East as he could go. He ran across fields and meadows, till there 
arose such a storm that he could scarcely get on at all. 



Towards evening he reached a wretched little cottage, that was 
in such a tumble-down condition, that if it remained standing at 
all, it could only be from not yet having made up its mind on 
which side it should fall first. The tempest was now raging to 
such a height that the Duckling was forced to sit down to stem 
the wind, when he perceived that the door hung so loosely on one 
of its hinges, that he could slip into the room through the crack, 
which he accordingly did. 

The inmates of the cottage were, a woman, a tom-cat, and a 
hen. The tom-cat, whom she called her darling, could raise his 
back and purr; and he could even throw out sparks, provided he 
was stroked against the grain. The hen had small, short legs, for 
which reason she was called Henny Shortlegs ; she laid good eggs, 
and her mistress loved her as if she had been her own child. 



Next morning they perceived the little stranger, when the tom- 
cat began to purr, and the hen to cluck. 

"What's that ? " said the woman, looking round. Not seeing 
very distinctly, she mistook the Duckling for a fat duck that had 
lost its way. " Why, this is quite a prize ! " added she ; " I can 
now get duck's eggs, unless indeed it be a male ! We must wait a 
bit and see." 

So the Duckling was kept on trial for three weeks ; but no eggs 
were forthcoming. The tom-cat and the hen were the master 
and mistress of the house, and always said, "we and the world " 
— for they fancied themselves to be the half, and by far the best 
half too, of the whole universe. The Duckling thought there 
might be two opinions on this point ; but the hen would not admit 
of any such doubts. 



" Can you lay eggs ? " asked she. 

" No. " 

" Then have the goodness to hold your tongue. " 

And the tom-cat inquired : " Can you raise your back, or purr, 
or throw out sparks ? " 

" No." 

" Then you have no business to have any opinion at all, when 
rational people are talking," 


The Duckling sat in a corner very much out of spirits, when in 
came the fresh air and sunshine, which gave him such a strange 
longing to swim on the water, that he could not help saying sp to 
the hen. 

"What's this whim?" said she;" That comes of being idle. 
If you could either lay eggs or purr, you would not indulge in 
such fancies." 

"But it is so delightful to swim about on the water!" ob. 
served the Duckling, "and to feel it close over one's head when 
one dives down to the bottom." 

" A great pleasure, indeed ! " quoth the hen. "You must be crazy, 
surely! Only ask the cat — for he is the wisest creature I know 
— how he would like to swim on the water or to dive under it. To 
say nothing of myself, just ask our old mistress who is wiser than 
anybody in the world whether she'd relish swimming wad feeling 
the waters close above her head." 

"You can't understand me! "said the Duckling. 

"We can't understand you? I should like to know who could. 
You don't suppose you are wiser than the tom-cat and our mis- 
tress — to say nothing of myself ? Don't take these idle fancies 
into your head, child. I say disagreeable things, which is a mark 
of true friendship. Now, look to it, and mind that you either lay 
eggs, or learn to purr and emit sparks." 

" I think I'll take my chance, and go abroad into the wide world," 
said the Duckling. 

" Do," said the hen. * 

And the Duckling went forth, and swam on the water, and dived 
beneath its surface ; but he was slighted by all other animals, on 
account of his ugliness. 

Autumn had now set in. The leaves of the forest had turned 
first yellow, and then brown ; and the wind caught them up, and 
made them dance about, It began to be very cold, and the clouds 


looked heavy with hail and flakes of snow ; while the raven sat 
on a hedge, crying " Caw I caw ! " from sheer cold ; and one began 
to shiver, if one merely thought about it. One evening, just as 
:he sun was setting, there came a whole flock of beautiful lame 
}irds from a large grove. The Duckling had never seen any so 
ovely before. They were dazzlingly white, with long, graceful 
necks; they were swans. They uttered a peculiar cry, and then 
spread their magnificent wings, and away they flew from the cold 
country, to warmer lands across the open sea. They rose so high 
chat the Ugly Duckling felt a strange sensation come over him. He 
turned round and round in the water like a wheel, stretched his 
neck up into the air towards them, and uttered so loud and strange a 
cry that he was frightened at it himself. Oh ! never could he again 
forget those beautiful, happy birds ; and when they were quite out 
of sight, he dived down to the bottom of the water, and when he 



once more rose to the surface, he was half beside himself. He 
knew not how these birds were called, nor whither they were 
bound ; but he felt an affection for them, such as he had never 
yet experienced for any living creature. Nor did he even presume 
to envy them ; for how could it ever have entered his head to wish 
himself endowed with their loveliness ? He would h»ve been glad 




enough if the ducks had merely suffered him to remain among them 
— poor ugly animal that he was I 

And winter proved so very, very cold ! The Duckling was 
obliged to keep swimming about, for fear the water should freeze 
entirely ; but every night, the hole in which he swam grew smaller 
and smaller. It now froze so hard, that the surface of the ice 
cracked again ; yet the Duckling still paddled about, to prevent 

the hole from closing up. At last he was so exhausted, that he 
lay insensible, and became ice-bound. 

Early next morning, a peasant came by, and seeing what had 



taken place, broke the ice to pieces with his wooden shoe, and 
carried the Duckling home to his wife ; so the little creature was 
revived once more. 

The children wished to play with him; but the Duckling thought 
they meant to hurt him, and in his fright he bounced right into a 
bowl of milk, that was spirted all over the room. The woman 
clapped her hands, which only frightened him still more, and drove 


him first into the butter-tub, then down into the meal-tub, and out 
again. What a scene then ensued ! The woman screamed, and 

flun" the tongs at him ; the children tumbled over each other in 
their endeavors to catch the Duckling, and laughed and shrieked. 
Fortunately, the door stood open, and he slipt through, and then 
over the fagots, into the newly-fallen snow, where he lay quite ex- 



But it would be too painful to tell of all the privations and misery 
that the Duckling endured during the hard winter. He was lay- 
ing in a marsh, amongst the reeds, when the sun as:ain be^an to 
shine. The larks were singing, and the spring had set in, in all its 

The Duckling now felt able to flap his wings.' They rustled 
much louder than before, and bore him away most sturdily ; and 
before he was well aware of it, he found himself in a large garden, 
where the apple-trees were in full blossom, and the fragrant elder 
was steeping its long, drooping branches in the waters of a wind- 
ing canal. Three magnificent white swans now emerged from the 
thicket before him ; they flapped their wings, and then swam lightly 
on the surface of the water. 

" I will fly towards these royal birds — and they will strike me 
dead for daring to approach them, so ugly as I am ! But it matters 
not. Better to be killed by them, than to be pecked at by the 

I ill'* uuLj x/i/Uli^J-tl/, 


ducks, beaten by the hens, pushed about by the girl that feeds the 
poultry, and to suffer want in the winter." And he flew into the 
water, and swam towards these splendid swans, who rushed to 
meet him with rustling wings the moment they saw him. " Do 
but kill me ! " said the poor animal, as he bent his head down to 
the surface of the water, and awaited his doom. But what did he 
see in the clear stream ? Why, his own image, which was no 
longer that of a heavy-looking dark gray bird, ugly and ill-favored, 
but of a beautiful Swan ! 

It matters not being born in a duck-yard, when one is hatched 
from a swan's egg ! 

Some little children now came into the garden, and threw bread- 
crumbs and corn into the water; and the youngest cried, "There 
is a new one ! " The other children clapped their hands, and flew 
to their father and mother, and, all said: "The new one is the 

He then felt quite ashamed, and hid his head under his wings. 
He was more than happy, yet none the prouder ; for a good heart 
is never proud. He remembered how he had been pursued and 
made game of ; and now he heard everybody say he was the most 
beautiful of all beautiful birds. He flapped his wings, and raised 
his slender neck, as he cried, in the fulness of his heart, " I never 
dreamed of such happiness while I was an Ugly Duckling." 








a king 






sad because 

t they had no 
21 children. 
^8=SE g At last the 
queen had a little 
daughter, and the king 
was so delighted that 
he gave a grand chris- 
tening feast ; it was so 
grand that the like of 
it was never known. 
He invited all the fairies in the land — there were seven of them — to 
stand godmothers to the little princess, hoping that each would 
bestow upon her some good gift, as used to be the custom of fairies 
in those days. 

After the ceremony, all the guests went back to the palace, 
where there was set before each fairy godmother a magnificent 
gold-covered dish, with an embroidered table-napkin, and a knife 
and fork cf pure gold, all covered over with diamonds and rubies. 
But alas ! as they sat down at table, in came an old fairy who had 
never been invited, because, fifty years before, she had left the 
ting's dominions, and had never since been heard of. The king 



was much put out when he saw her. At once he ordered a cover 
to be placed for her, but, unluckily, it was only of common earth- 
enware, for he had ordered from his jeweller just seven gold dishes 
for the seven fairies who had been asked to the christening. The 
elder fairy felt herself slighted, and muttered angry threats between 
her teeth. These were overheard by one of the younger fairies, 
who happened to sit next her. This good godmother, afraid of 
harm coming to the pretty child, ran and hid herself behind the 
tapestry in the hall. She did this in order that she might speak 
last ; so that if the spiteful fairy gave any ill gift to the child, she 
might be able to counteract it. 

The six now gave their good gifts, and they were the best that 
could be thought of. Then the old fairy's turn came. Shaking 
her head spitefully, she said that when the child grew up to be a 
young lady, she would prick her hand with a spindle and die of the 
wound. When they heard this all shuddered, and some began to 
weep. As for the king and queen they were almost out of their 
wits with grief. And now the wise young fairy appeared from be- 
hind the tapestry, and said, cheerfully, " You may keep up your 
spirits ; the princess will not die. I have not the power to undo 
completely the mischief worked by an older fairy ; I cannot pre- 
vent the princess pricking her finger: but, instead of dying, she 
will only fall into a sleep, that will last a hundred years. At the 
end of that time, a king's son will come and waken her, and the 
two will be married and live happily ever after." Immediately all 
the fairies vanished. 

The king, in the hope of preventing the threatened misfortune. 
issued an edict, forbidding all persons to spin. But it was in vain. 
One day, when she was just fifteen years of age, the king and 
queen left the princess alone in one of their palaces. She was 
wandering about when she came to a ruined tower ; she climbed 
to the top, and there found an old woman — so deaf that she had 


never heard of the king's edict — and she was busy spinning with 
a distaff. "What are you doing, good old woman ? " cried the 
princess in her ear. " I am spinning, my pretty child." Oh, what 
fun that must be! Let me try if I can spin too." She had no 
sooner taken up the spindle than she handled it so carelessly that 
the point pricked her finger. She fainted away at once, and 
dropped down silently on the floor. The poor frightened old 
woman cried, " Help, help ! " and soon the ladies-in-waiting came 
to see what was the matter. They tried every means to restore 
their young mistress, but nothing would do. She lay with the 
color still in her face and her breath going and coming softly, but 
her eyes were fast closed. When the king and queen came home 
and saw her sleeping so, they knew regret was idle — all had 
come about just as the cruel fairy had said. But they also knew 
that their daughter was not sleeping forever : they knew that she 
would waken after a hundred years, though it was not likely 
either of them would be living then to see her. Until that happy 
hour should arrive, they determined to leave her in repose ; so they 
laid the sweet princess on the handsomest embroidered bed in the 
handsomest room in the handsomest of all their palaces. There 
she slept, and looked for all the world like a sleeping angel. 

When this accident happened, the good young fairy who had 
saved the princess by changing her sleep of death into a sleep 
of a hundred years was twelve thousand miles away. But she 
knew everything and soon arrived in a chariot of fire drawn by 
dragons. The king went to the door of his palace, looking very 
sad, and gave her his hand to alight. The fairy condoled with him 
and approved of all that he had done. — Then, as she was a 
very sensible and prudent fairy, she suggested that the princess, 
when she awoke, might be a good deal put about — especially with 
a young prince by her side — at finding herself alone in a large 
palace. So, without asking any one's leave, she took her magic 


wand and touched everybody in the palace, except the king and 
queen. She ended with touching the little fat lap-dog, who had 
laid himself clown beside his mistress on her splendid bed. He 
and all the rest fell asleep in a moment. The very spits that 
were before the kitchen fire ceased turning, and the fire went out, 
and every thing became as silent as if it were the middle of the 
night. The king and queen, having kissed their sleeping daughter, 
left the palace, and in quarter of an hour there sprang up about 
it a great wood, so thick and thorny that neither beast nor man 
could go through it. Above this dense forest could only be seen 
the top of the high tower where the lovely princess slept. 

A great many changes happened in the hundred years. The 
king and the queen died, and the throne passed to another royal 
family, and the story of the poor princess was almost quite for- 
gotten. When the hundred years were at an end, the son of the 
reigning king was one day out hunting. He was stopped in the 
chase by the thick wood, and asked what wood it was, and what 
the tower was that he saw above the tops of the trees. At first no 
one could answer him, but an old peasant was found, who said 
that his father had been told by his grandfather that in this 
tower was a beautiful princess, who was doomed to sleep there for 
a hundred years, till awakened by a king's son, whose bride she 
was destined to become. When he heard this, the young prince 
determined to find out the truth for himself. He leaped from 
his horse, and began to force his way through the wood. Won- 
derful to relate, the stiff branches and the thorns and the bram- 
bles all gave way to let him pass ; and when he had passed they 
closed behind, allowing none of those with him to follow. The 
prince went boldly on alone. The first thing he saw was enough 
to frighten any one. Bodies of men and horses lay stretched on 
the ground, and the silence was truly awful. Soon, however, ne 
noticed that the men's faces were not as white as death, but had 



the color of health, and that beside them were glasses half-filled 
with wine, showing that they had gone to sleep drinking. He 
passed then through a large court, paved with marble, where rows 
of guards stood presenting arms, but they were as still as if cut 
out of stone ; then he passed through many rooms, where gen- 
tlemen and ladies, all in old-fashioned dresses, were sound asleep, 
some standing, some sitting. At last the astonished prince came 
to an inner-room, and there was the fairest sight he ever saw. A 
beautiful girl lay asleep on an embroidered bed, and she looked 
as if she had only just closed her eyes. The prince went up to 
her and knelt down beside her, and I am not sure but he kissed the 
lovely princess. The end of the enchantment had now come; the 
princess wakened at once, and, looking at him with the sweetest 
look, said, " It is you, my prince ? What a long time I have waited 
for you ! " Charmed with these words, still and more with the way 
in which they were said, the prince told her that he loved her al- 
ready more than his life. " And I love you quite as much," said 
she. "How often have I dreamed about you during the last hundred 
years." For a long time they sat talking and it seemed as if they 
never could have said enough. 

In the meantime all the attendants, whose enchantment was 
also broken, not being in love like their mistress, felt very hungry. 
The lady-in waiting, out of all patience, ventured to tell the prin- 
cess that dinner was served. Then the prince handed his be- 
loved princess to the great hall. She did not wait to dress for 
dinner, being already perfectly and magnificently attired. Her 
lover had the politeness not to notice that her dress was so long 
behind the age that she appeared exactly like a portrait he had- 
seen of his own grandmother. What did it matter ? — she was so 
beautiful. During dinner there was a concert by the attendant 
musicians, and, though they had not played for a century, their 
music was exceedingly good. They ended with a wedding march, 



for that very evening the prince and princess were married. The 
bride, of course, was nearly a hundred years older than the bride- 
groom, but she looked really quite as young. The prince carried 
the princess to court, and in time the two ascended the throne, 
and they lived so long and happily together, that we may wish all 
people were like them. 


There was once a poor widow, who lived in a little cottage, and 
in front of the cottage was a gar,den, where stood two little rose- 
trees ; one bore white roses and the other red. The widow had 
two daughters, who were like the two rose-trees ; one was called 
Snow-white, and the other was called Rose-red. They were two 
of the best children that ever lived ; but Snow-white was more quiet 
and gentle than Rose-red. And they loved each other dearly 

Snow-white and Rose-red kept their mother's cottage so clean 
that it was a pleasure to see it. In the summer, Rose-red looked 
after the house, and every morning she gathered a nosegay for her 
mother ; and in the nosegay she put a rose off each tree. In win- 
ter, Snow-white lighted the fire and hung the kettle on the hook ; 
and when it was evening and the snow was falling, the mother said, 
" Snow-white, go and bolt the door ! " and then the two little girls 
sat down on the hearth, and the mother took her spectacles, and 
read aloud out of a great book, and Snow-white and Rose-red spun. 
Near them lay a lamb on the floor and behind them, on a perch, a 
white dove sat with its head under its wing. 


One evening, as they were sitting thus together, they heard * 
loud knocking. The mother said, " Quick, Rose-red, open the 
door ! perhaps it is a traveller looking for shelter." Rose-red went 
and pushed the bolt back, thinking to see some poor man, but there 
stood a bear, and he poked in his thick black head. Rose-red gave a 
little scream, the little lamb bleated, the little dove fluttered about, 
and Snow-white hid herself behind her mother's bed. But the bear 
began to speak, and said, " Don't be afraid ; I will do you no harm ; 
I am half frozen, and only want to warm myself a little." " Poor 
bear ! " said the mother, " lie down before the fire, only take care 
not to burn your fur." Then she called out, " Come here, Snow- 
white and Rose-red ; the bear will not hurt you ; he seems a gen- 
tle bear." They both approached, and soon they and the lamb 
and the dove ceased to be afraid ; indeed, they all became quite 
friendly, and the children played tricks with the bear. They pulled 
his fur, set their feet on his back, and rolled him here and there, 
or took a hazel-rod and beat him, and when he growled, they 
laughed. The bear was very much pleased with this frolic, only, 
when they became too mischievous, he called out, 

" Little Snow-white and little Rose-red, 
Don't be so rough or soon I'll be dead." 

When bed-time came, the mother said to the bear, " You can 
just lie there on the hearth, and you will be sheltered from the bad 
weather." At daybreak, the two children led him out, and he trot- 
ted over the snow into the wood. The bear came every evening 
afterwards, at the same hour ; and the two girls became so used to 
him, that the door was never bolted until the black bear had 

At last it was spring, and everything out of doors was green. 
The bear then said one morning to Snow-white, " Now I must 


go away, and may not come again the whole summer." " Where 
are you going, dear Bear? " asked Snow-white. " Into the wood to 
guard my treasures from the bad dwarfs. In winter, when the 
ground is hard, they have to keep in their holes, and cannot work 
their way through ; but now that the sun has thawed and warm- 
ed the earth, they come out and steal all they can." Snow-white 
was quite sad at his going away. As she opened the door for 
him, and the bear ran out, the hook of the door caught him, and a 
piece of his skin was torn off : it seemed to Snow-white as if, 
through the hole in his coat, she saw the glittering of gold, but 
she was not sure. The bear ran quickly away, and soon was out 
of sight behind the trees. 

Some time after, the mother sent the children into the wood 
to gather sticks. Within the wood they found a large tree which 
had been blown over, and lay on the grass, and beside the trunk 
something was jumping up and down. At first they could not 
make out what it was. When they came nearer, they saw it was 
a dwarf, with an old withered face, and a beard as white as snow 
and about a yard long. The end of the beard was stuck fast in 
a cleft in the tree, and the little fellow was jumping about like a 
dog tied to a chain, and he did not know how to get free. He 
glared at the girls with his red fiery eyes, and screamed out, 
" Why are you standing there like a couple of posts ? Can't you 
come and help me? " " What is the matter with you little man ? " 
asked Rose-red. " Stupid little goose ! " answered the dwarf : 
" I wanted to chop the tree, so as to have some small pieces of 
wood for the kitchen, and had driven the wedge well in, and all 
was going smoothly, when out sprang the wedge and the tree 
closed up so quickly that I could not pull my beautiful beard out: 
now here it sticks, and I can't get away. There, don't laugh, you 
foolish milk-faced things. Can't you make yourselves of use?" 
The children did their best, but they could not pull the beard 



out ; it stuck too fast. " I shall run and fetch help ! " cried Rose- 
red. " You great sheep's head ! " snarled the dwarf, " what do you 
want to call more people for? you are two too many for me al-, 
ready. Can't you think of anything else? " " Don't he impatient," 

said Snow-white, " I have thought of something." She took her lit- 
lie scissors out of her pocket, and cut the end of the beard off. 
As soon as the dwarf was free, he snatched up a sack filled with 
quid that was sticking between the roots of the tree, and threw it 


over his shoulder, growling and crying, " You stupid people, to cut 
a piece off my beautiful beard! bad luck to you ! " and he marched 
off without once looking at the children. 

Some time afterwards, Snow-white and Rose-red went to fish. 
As they came to the pond they saw something like a great grass- 
hopper jumping about on the bank, as if it were going spring into 
the water. They ran up, and saw that it was the dwarf. " What 
are you after ? " asked Rose-red. " You don't want to go into the 
water ! " " I am not quite such a fool as that ! " cried the dwarf. 
" Don't you see a fish wants to pull me in ? " The little man had 
been sitting there fishing, and unfortunately the wind had en- 
tangled the line with his beard. So when a great fish bit at his 
hook, the weak creature could not pull him out, and the fish was 
pulling the dwarf into the water. He caught hold of all the reeds 
and rushes, but that did not help him much. The fish pulled him 
wherever it liked, and he must have soon been drawn into the pond. 
The girls came just at the right moment : they held him fast, and 
' tried \o get his beard loose from the line, but both were too closely 
entangled for that. There was nothing for it but to pull out the 
scissors and cut off another piece of the beard. When the 
dwarf saw that, he cried out, " You silly geese ! what need is there 
to disfigure one's face so? You cut my beard once before, and 
nothing^vill please you but you must cut it again. I dare not be 
seen by my people. I wish you had run the soles of your feet off be- 
fore you came here." He then took up a sack of pearls that lay 
amon<>- the rushes, and disappeared behind a stone. 

Soon after, the mother sent the two girls to the next town to 
buy thread, needles and pins, lace and ribbons. The road passed 
over a heath, on which great masses of rock lay scattered about. 
There they saw a large bird in the air, and it settled down by a rock 
not far distant. Immediately they heard a piercing shriek. They 
ran up, and saw with horror that the eagle had caught their old 



acquaintance the dwarf, and was trying to carry him off. The 
compassionate children instantly seized hold of the little man, and 
held him, and the eagle at last let go his prey. As soon as the 
dwarf had recovered from his fright, he cried out in his shrill voice, 
■ Could you not have held me more gently ? You have torn 
my fine brown coat all to tatters, awkward clumsy rubbish that 
you are ! " Then he took up a sack of precious stones, and slipped 
away behind the rock into his den. Snow-white and Rose-red, who 
who were used to his ingratitude, went on their way, and bought 
what their mother wanted in the town. As they were returning 
home over the same heath, they surprised the dwarf, who had emp- 
tied his sack of precious stones on a little clean place, thinking 
that no one was likely to come that way. The sun shone on 
the glittering stones ; and they looked so beautiful that the children 
could not help standing still to admire them. " What are you stand- 
ing there gaping for ? " cried the dwarf, his face turning red with 
rage. With these cross words he was going away, when a loud 
roaring was heard, and a black bear trotted out of the woods to- 
wards them. The dwarf sprang up, terrified, but he could not get 
to his den in time. The bear overtook him. Then he called out, 
" Dear Mr. Bear, spare me, and I will give you all my treasures! 
Give me my life! for what do you want with a poor thin little fel- 
low like me ? You would scarcely feel me between your teeth. 
Rather take those two wicked girls; they will be nice morsels 
for you, as fat as young quails : eat them, but spare me ! " The 
bear never troubled himself to answer. He gave the malicious 
creature a single stroke with his paw, and he never moved again. 
The girls had run away, but the bear called after them, " Snow- 
white and Rose-red, don't be afraid ; wait a minute, and I will 
go with you." They knew the voice of their old friend, and 
stood still. The bear came up to them and off fell his skin, and 
he stood up before them a handsome young man, dressed allin 



gold " I am a king's son," said he ; " I was changed into a wild 
bear by the wicked dwarf, who had stolen all my treasures, and 
was forced to run about in the wood till I should be released by 
his death. Now he has received his well-deserved punishment." 
They all went home together to the widow's cottage, and Snow- 
white was married to the prince, and Rose-red to his brother. And 
they divided among them the great treasures which the dwarf had 
amassed. The old mother lived for many years happily with her 
children ; and when she left her cottage for the palace, she took the 
two Rose-trees with her, and they were planted before her window, 
and bore every year the most beautiful white and red roses. 


Once upon a time there were Three Bears, who lived together 
in a house of their own in a wood. One of them was a Little 
Small Wee Bear, another was a Middle-sized Bear, and the third 
was a Great Huge Bear. They had each a pot for their porridge : 
a little pot for the Little Small Wee Bear, and a middle-sized pot 
for the Middle Bear, and a great pot for the Great Huge Bear. 
And they had each a chair to sit on : a little chair for the Little 
Small Wee Bear, a middle-sized chair for the Middle Bear, and 
a great chair for the Great Huge Bear. And they had each a 
bed to sleep in : a little bed for the Little Small Wee Bear, a mid- 
dle-sized bed for the Middle Bear, and a great bed for the Great 

Huge Bear. 

One day, after they had made porridge for their breakfast, and 
poured it into their porridge-pots, they walked out into the wood 
while the porridge was cooling. And while they were walking, 


a little girl named Silver-hair, came to the house. First she looked 
in at the window, and then she peeped in at the key-hole, and see- 
ing nobody in the house, she lifted the latch. The door was not 
fastened, so little Silver-hair easily got in, and she was well pleased 
when she saw the porridge on the table. 

So first she tasted the porridge of the Great Huge Bear, and 
that was too hot for her ; and then she tasted the porridge of the 
Middle Bear, and that was too cold for her; and then she went to 
the porridge of the Little Small Wee Bear, and that was neither 
too hot nor too cold, but just right, and she liked it so well that she 
ate it all up. 

Then little Silver-hair sat down in the chair of the Great Huge 
Bear, and that was too hard for her ; and then she sat down in the 
chair of the Middle Bear, and that was too soft for her ; and then 
she sat down in the chair of the Little Small Wee Bear, and that 
was neither too hard nor too soft, but just right. So she seated 
herself in it, and there she sat till the bottom of the chair came 
out, and down she came plump upon the ground. 

Then little Silver-hair went up-stairs into the bed-chamber in 
which the Three Bears slept. And first she lay down upon the bed 
of the Great Huge Bear, but that was too high at the head for 
her ; and next she lay upon the bed of the Middle Bear, and that 
was too high at the foot for her; and then she lay down upon the 
bed of the Little Small Wee Bear, and that was neither too high at 
the head nor at the foot, but just right. So she covered herself up 
comfortably, and lay there till she fell fast asleep. 

By this time the Three Bears thought their porridge would be 
cool enough, so they came home to breakfast. Now little Silver- 
hair had left the spoon of the Great Huge Bear standing in his por- 

.he Great Huge Bear, in his great rough gruff voice. 



And when the Middle Bear looked at his, he saw that the spoon 
was standing: in it too. 

™ Somebody has been at my porridge ! " said the Middle Bear in 
his midc" - voice. 



Then the Little Small Wee Bear looked at his, and there was 
the spoon in the porridge-pot, but the porridge was all gone. 

* Somebody has been at viy porridge and has eaten it all up /' 
said the Little Small Wee Bear in his little small wee voice. 



Upon this the Three Bears, seeing that some one had entered 
their house and had eaten up the Little Small Wee Bear's breakfast, 

began to look about them. Now little Silver-hair had not put the 
hard cushion straight when she rose from the chair of the Great 
Huge Bear. 


said the Great Huge Bear, in his great rough gruff voice. 

And little Silver-hair had squatted down the soft cushion of the 
Middle Bear. 

" Somebody has been sitting in my chair !" said the Middle 
Hear, in his middle voice. 

And you know what little Silver-hair had done to the third chair. 

" Somebody has been sill lug in my chair, and has sat the bottom 
out of it T said the Little Small Wee Bear, in his little small wee 

Then the Three Bears thought that they should make further 
search ; so they went up-stairs into their bed-chamber. 

Now little Silver-hair had pulled the pillow of the Great Huge 
Bear out of its place. 

the Great Huge Bear, in his great rough gruff voice. 

And little Silver-hair had pulled the bolster of the Middle Bear 
out of its place. 

"Somebody has been lying in my bed !" said the Middle Bear in 
his middle voice. 

And when the Little Small Wee Bear came to look at his bed, 
there was the bolster in its place, and the pillow in its place upon 
the bolster; and upon the pillow was little Silver-hair's pretty 
head — which was not in its place, for she had no business there. 

" Somebody has been lying in my bed — and here she is ! " said the 
Little Small Wee Bear, in his little small wee voice. 

Little Silver-hair had heard in her sleep the great rough gruff 
voice of the Great Huge Bear, but she was so fast asleep that 
it was no more to her than the roaring of wind or the rumbling of 
thunder. And she had heard the middle voice of the Middle Bear, 
but it was only as if she had heard some one speaking in a dream- 
But when she heard the little small wee voice of the Little Small 



Wee Bear, it was so sharp and so shrill that it awakened her at 
once. Up she started, and when she saw the Three Bears on one 
side of the bed, she tumbled out at the other and ran to the window. 
Now the window was open— out little Silver-hair jumped, and away 
she ran into the woods, and the Three Bears never saw anything 
nore of her. 




There was once an honest gentleman, who married a second 
time. His second wife was a widow, and the proudest and most 
disagreeable woman in the whole country. She had two daughters 
who were in everything exactly like herself. The gentleman had 
one little girl, and she was as sweet a child as ever lived. The 
stepmother had not been married a single day before she became 
jealous of the good qualities of the little girl who was so great ^ 



contrast to her own two daughters, and what did she do but give 
her all the hard work of the house to look after ? But our poor 
little damsel never complained ; indeed, she did not dare to speak 
about her ill-treatment to her father, who thought his new wife 
was perfection itself. 

When her work was done she used to sit in the chimney-corner 
among the ashes, and from this the two sisters gave her the nick- 
name of Cinderella. But Cinderella, though she was shabbily clad, 
was handsomer and far worthier than they, with all their fine 


Now it happened that the king's son gave a ball, to which he 
asked all the rank and fashion of the city, and the two elder 
sisters were included in the list of invitations. They were very 
proud at being asked, and took great pains in settling what they 
should wear. For days together they talked of nothing but their 

" I," said the elder, " shall put on my red velvet gown with my 
point-lace trimmings." "And I," said the younger, " shall have my 
ordinary silk petticoat, but I shall set it off with an upper skirt of 
flowered brocade, and I shall put on my circlet of diamonds, which 
is a great deal finer than anything of yours." Here the two sis- 
ters began to dispute which had the best things, and words ran 
high. Cinderella did what she could to make peace. She even 
kindly offered to dress them herself, and especially to arrange 
their hair, and that she could do most beautifully. The important 
evening came at last, and she did her best to adorn the two young 
ladies. When she was combing out the hair of the elder one, that 
ill-natured girl said, " Cinderella, don't you wish you were going to 
the ball ? " " Ah, madam," replied Cinderella — and they always 
made her say madam — " you are only making a fool of me ; I have 
no such good fortune." " True enough," said the elder sister ; 
" people would only laugh to seen a little cinder-girl at a ball." 



Any other than Cinderella would not have taken such pains with 
these two proud girls, but she was good, and dressed them very 
becomingly. The carriage came to the door. Cinderella watched 
them go into it, and saw them whirl away in grand style ; then she 
sat down by the kitchen fire and cried. Immediately her god- 
mother who was a fairy appeared beside her. " What are you cry- 
ing for my little maid? " 

" Oh, I should so like— I should so like- " her sobs stopped her 
" You should so like to go to the ball— isn't that it?' Cinderella 
nodded. " Well, then, be a good girl, and you shall go. Run into 
the garden, and bring me the biggest pumpkin you can see." Cin- 
derella could not understand what a big pumpkin had to do with 
her going to the ball; but she was obedient and obliging, so she 
went. Her godmother took the pumpkin, scooped out all the in- 
side, and then struck it with her wand. It became a splendid gilt 
coach, lined with rose colored satin. " Now, my dear," said the 
godmother, " fetch me the mosu-eirap out of the pantry." Cinder- 
ella fetched it, and 
in it there were six 
fat mice. The fairy 
raised the wire door 
of the trap, and, as 
each mouse ran out, 
she struck it, and 
:! it into a 
'-' black 
horse. " But what 
am I to do for a 
coachman, Cinde- 
rella?" Cinderella 
said that she had 

seen a large black rat in the rat-trap, and that he might do for 
want of a better. "That is a happy thought," c^ed the fairy. 



u Go and bring him." He was brought, and the fairy turned him 
into a most respectable coachman, with the finest whiskers in> 
acnnable. She afterwards took six lizards from behind the 
pumpkin-frame, and changed them into six footmen, all in splen- 
did livery, and the six footmen immediately got up behind the 
carriage. " Well, Cinderella," said her fairy godmother, " now you 
can go to the ball." '• What, in these clothes ! " exclaimed Cin- 
derella, in a most dolorous tone, looking down on her ragged 
frock. Her godmother gave a laugh, and touched her also with 
the wand. Immediately her wretched threadbare jacket became 
stiff with gold and bright jewels; her woollen petticoat grew into 
a gown of sweeping satin; and her little feet were no longer bare, 
but covered with silk stockings and the prettiest glass slippers in 
the world. " Now, Cinderella, away with you to the ball; but 


remember, do not stay an instant after midnight; if you do, your 
carriage; will become a pumpkin, your coachman a rat, your horses 
mice and yourself the little cinder-girl you were a minute ago." 
"No, I won't stay an instant after midnight!" said Cinderella, and 
she set off with her heart full of joy. 

Some one, most likely a friend of the fairy's, had told the king's 
son that an uninvited princess, whom nobody knew, was coming to 
the ball, and when Cinderella arrived at the palace there he was 
standing at the entrance, ready to receive her. 

He gave her his hand, and led her gallantly through the assenv 
bled guests, who made way for her to pass, and every one whispered 
to his & neighbor, " How beautiful she is ! " The court ladies looked 
at her eagerly, clothes and all, and made up their minds to have 
their dresses made next day of exactly the same pattern. The 
king's son himself led her out to dance, and she danced so grace- 
fully that he admired her more and more. Indeed, at supper, which 
was fortunately early, he was so taken up with her, that he quite 
forgot to eat. As for Cinderella, she felt rather shy amongst so 
many strangers so she sought out her sisters, placed herself beside 
them, and offered them all sorts of kind attentions, much to their 
surprise, for they did not recognize her in the least. She was 
talking with them when the clock struck a quarter to twelve ; when 
she he°ard that she took leave of the royal family, re-entered her 
carriage, escorted tenderly by the king's son, and soon arrived safely 
at he? own door. There she found her godmother, and, after 
thanking her for the great treat she had enjoyed, she begged per- 
mission to go to a second ball, the following night, to which the 
queen had invited her. The godmother said she might go. Just 
then the two sisters knocked at the gate. The fairy godmother 
vanished, and, when they, entered there was Cinderella sitting m 
the chimney-corner rubbing her eyes and pretending to be very 
sleepy. "Ah," cried the elder sister, maliciously, "what a delightful 


ball it has been ! There was present the most beautiful princess 1 
ever saw, and she was exceedingly polite to us both." " Was she? '" 
said Cinderella, indifferently. " And who might she be ? " 

" Nobody knows, though all would give their ears to know, es- 
pecially the king's son." "Indeed!" replied Cinderella, a little 
more interested : " I should like to see her, Miss Javotte " (that 
was the name of the elder sister). " Will you not lend me the 
yellow gown that you wear on Sundays, and let me go to-morrow?" 
"A likely story indeed," cried Miss Javotte, " that I should lend 
it to a cinder-girl. I am not so mad as that ! " 

The next night came, and the two sisters, richly dressed in quite 
new dresses, went to the ball. Cinderella, more splendidly attired 
and more beautiful than ever, soon followed them. 

" Now, remember twelve o'clock," was the last thing her god- 
mother said ; and she thought she 
certainly should. But the prince's 
attentions to her were even greater 
than on the first evening, and in the 
pleasure of listening to him time 
passed by unnoticed. While the two 
were sitting in a lovely recess, look- 
ing at the moon from under a bower 
of orange blossoms, she heard a clock 
strike the first stroke of twelve. She 
rose and fled away like a startled deer. 
The prince was amazed ; he attempted 
to follow her, but she could not be 
caught ; indeed, he missed his beauti- 
ful princess altogether, and only saw a dirty little lass running out of 
the palace gate, whom he had never seen before, and of whom he 
certainly would never have taken any notice. Cinderella reached 
home L eathless and weary, ragged and cold, without horses, 01 



carriage, or footman, or coachman ; the only remnant she had of 
her past grandeur was one of her little glass slippers ; the other she 
had dropped in the ball-room as she ran away. 

When the two sisters came back from the ball, they \yere full of 
this strange adventure, how the beautiful princess had appeared 
more lovely than ever, and how, as the clock was striking twelve, she 
had suddenly risen up and fled, 
disappearing no one knew how 
or where, and dropping one of 
her glass slippers behind her 
in her flight. And they added 
that all the court and royal 
family were sure that the king's 
son had become desperately 
in love with the unknown lovely 
lady. Cinderella listened with- 
out saying a word, but she 
turned her face to the kitchen 
fire and blushed as red as a 
rose, and next morning she 
went to her weary work again. 
A few days after, the whole 
city was roused by a herald 
going round with a little glass slipper in his hand, proclaiming, with 
a flourish of trumpets, that the king's son ordered it to be fitted on 
the foot of every young girl in the kingdom, and that he would 
marry the one it fitted best, or the one to whom it and the fellow 
slipper belonged. Young princesses, young duchesses, young 
countesses, young gentlewomen ! all tried it on, but being a fairy 
slipper it fitted nobody ; and besides nobody could produce its fel- 
low slipper, which lay all the time safely in the pocket of Cinder- 
ella's old gown. 


At last the herald came to the house of the two sisters, and 
though these knew well enough that neither of them was the beau, 
tiful Tady, they tried their best to get their clumsy feet into the 
slipper : of course, it was all in vain. " Let me try it on," said Cin- 
derella, from the chimney corner. " What, you ! " cried the others, 
bursting into shouts of laughter ; but Cinderella only smiled and 
held out her hand. Her 'sisters could not prevent her, since the 
command was that every young girl in the kingdom should make 
the attempt, in case the right owner might be overlooked. So the 
herald bade Cinderella sit down on a three-legged stool in the 
kitchen, and he put the slipper on har pretty foot, and it fitted ex- 
actly. Cinderella then drew from her pocket the fellow slipper, 
which she also put on, and stood up ; and with the touch of the 
macric shoes all her dress was changed, and she was no longer the 
poo°r despised cinder-girl, but the beautiful lady whom the king's 

son loved. 

Her sisters recognized her at once. They were filled with aston- 
ishment and fear, and threw themselves at her feet, begging her 
pardon for all their past unkindness. She raised and embraced 
them, and told them that she heartily forgave them and only hoped 
they would love her always. She was then taken to the palace, 
and told her whole story to the king and the royal family. The 
youno- prince found her more beautiful and lovable than ever, and 
the w°edding came off the next day. Cinderella was as good as she 
was beautiful ; and she sent for her two sisters to the palace, and 
not long afterwards they were married to two rich gentlemen of the 

7 6 




was once 
bro t h e r 
took his 
sister by 
the hand 
and said, 
our mo- 
th e r is 
dead we 
have not 
had a 
our step- 
mother gives us nothing but hard crusts 
to eat, and the dog under the table fares 
better than we. Come, we will go out into 
the wide world together." They went the 
whole day over meadows and rocks and 
stones. In the evening they came to a 
great wood, and were so worn out with grief, 
hunger, and weariness, that they lay down 
in a hollow tree and fell fast asleep. When 
they awoke the next morning, the sun was already high in the 
heavens, and it shone down so hot on the tree that the little 



brother said, " Sister, I am thirsty ; I would go and have a drink 
if I knew where there was a brook ; I think I can hear one run- 
ning." He got up, took his sister by the hand, and they went to 
look for the brook. 

The wicked stepmother, however, was a witch, and knew well 
that the children had run away, and she had sneaked after them 
and enchanted all the springs in the forest. When they had found 
a brook that was dancing brightly over the pebbles, the brother 
stooped down to drink, but his sister heard how it said as it ran 
along, " Whoever drinks of me will become a tiger." So the little 
sister'cried out, " Oh brother, do not drink, lest you become a tiger 
and tear me to pieces ! " The little brother did not drink, although 
he was so thirsty, but said, " I will wait for the next brook." When 
they came to the next, the little sister heard it say, " Whoever 
drinks of me will become a wolf," and she cried out, " Oh, brother, 
do not drink, lest you become a wolf and eat me up!" Then the 
brother did not drink, but said, " I will wait till I come to the next 
brook, and then I must drink, say what you will, for my thirst is 
getting too great." And when they came to the third brook, the 
little stster heard it saying, " Whoever drinks of me will become a 
f awn _whoever drinks of me will become a fawn," and she cried, 
" Oh, brother, do not drink, or you will become a fawn and run 
away from me ! " But the brother had already stooped down and 
drank of the water, and as soon as the first drop touched his lips 
he was changed into a fawn. 

The little sister cried over her poor bewitched brother, and the 
fawn cried also as he stood beside her. At last the girl said, 
" Never mind, dear fawn, I will not forsake you." She then took 
off her golden garter and put it round the fawn's neck, and pulled 
some rushes, and wove them into a rope. To this she tied him and 
led him away, and they went on deeper and deeper into the wood. 
When they had gone a long long way they came to a little house ; 


the maiden peeped into it, and as it was empty she thought, " We 
may as well stay here.' ' So there they stayed. 

They had lived alone for a long time, when it happened that 
the king of the country held a great hunt in the forest. 

" Oh," said the little fawn to his sister, " let me go and see the 
hunt ; I can't keep away ! " And he begged so hard, that she con- 
sented. " But," said she, " when you come back at evening, I shall 
have shut my door against the wild huntsmen ; now, in order that I 
may know you, knock and say, ' My little sister, let me in ; if 
you do not say so, I shall not open the door." 

Away sprang the fawn, and he was so happy to find himself in 
the open air. The king and his huntsmen caught sight of him, 
and immediately set off in chase, but they could not catch him. 
Just as it was getting dark, he ran up to the little house, knocked, 
and cried " My little sister, let me in ! " and when the door was 
opened he sprang in and rested all night on his soft bed of leaves 
and moss. Next morning the hunt began again, and when the fawn 
heard the noise of the chase he could not rest, and cried, " Sister, 
open the door ; I must go!" His sister opened the door and 
said, " But, remember, you must be back in the evening, and when 
you' come say, ' My little sister, let me in ;' that I may know who 
it is." When the king and his huntsmen saw the fawn with the 
gold band once more, they all rode after him, but he was too quick 
for them. The chase went on all day ; at last, towards evening, 
the hunters got round him, and wounded him with an arrow in the 
foot, so that he had to limp and go slowly. One of the hunters 
crept softly after him to the little house, and heard him say, " Little 
sister, let me in! "and he saw that the door was opened and im- 
mediately shut to again ; he then went back to the king and told 
him what he had seen and heard. " We shall have another hunt 
to-morrow," said the king. The little sister was terribly frightened 
when she saw that her fawn was wounded ; she washed off the 


blood, laid herbs on the place, and said, " Now go to bed, dear 
fawn, and get well." The wound, however, was so slight, that next 
morning it did not feel sore at all. Again the woods rang with 
the hunter's horn, and when the fawn heard it he said, " I cannot 
stay away, I must go, nothing shall keep me!" His sister cried, 
and said, " Now you will go and be killed, and leave me here alone 
in the forest, without a friend in the world." " Then I must die 
here of grief," answered the fawn, " for when I hear the sound of 
the horn I feel as if I could jump out of my skin." So his sister 
had to open the door, though with a heavy heart, and the fawn 
sprang out joyfully into the forest. As soon as the king saw him, 
he said to his huntsmen, " Now chase him all day till evening, but 
don't do anything to hurt him." When the sun was set the king 
turned to the huntsman who had followed the fawn the day before. 
" Come, now," he said, " and show me the little house you saw in 
the wood." And when he was before the door, he knocked and cried, 
" Little sister, let me in ! " Immediately the door was opened, 
and the king went in, and there stood a maiden more beautiful than 
any he had ever seen. The little sister was afraid when she saw 
that it was not her fawn who had come in, but a man with a golden 
crown on his head. But the king looked kindly at her, and took 
her hand, and said, " Will you go with me to my palace and be my 
queen?" " Oh yes !" answered the maiden, " but the fawn must 
come with me, for I cannot forsake him." " He shall stay with 
you," said the king, " as long as you live, and shall want for nothing." 
At that moment in came the fawn ; his sister tied the rope of rushes 
round his neck, and they all left the little house together. 

The king took the beautiful girl on his horse, and led her to the^ 
palace, where the marriage was celebrated with great splendor." 
The little sister was now queen, and she and the king lived a long 
time very happily together, whilst the fawn was well taken care 
of, and played about all day in the palace gardens. But when 



the wicked stepmother heard that everything went so well with the 
little sister and her brother, she vas full of envy and spite ; her 
only thought was how she could do some mischief to them both. 
Her only daughter, who had but one eye, and was as ugly as could 
be, was continually reproaching her, and saying, " It is I who 
ought to have been made queen!" " Never mind," said the old 
witch ; " have patience ; you will be made queen by-and-by." 

Soon the queen had a little boy, and it happened that the king 
was away hunting at the time. Now, what did the old witch do, 
but take the form of the lady-in-waiting, and enter the room where 
the queen was lying, and say to her, " I have made ready a bath 
which will do you good and make you strong again ; be quick, be- 
fore the water gets cold." Her daughter was close at hand, and 
they carried the poor weak queen before them into the bath-room, 
and laid her in the bath then they shut the door, and ran away. 
And under the bath they had kindled a great furnace fire, so 
that the beautiful young queen was scorched to death. 

When that was done, the old witch took her own daughter, put 
a cap on her, and laid her on the bed in the queen's room. She 
changed her also into the shape of the young queen all but her one 
eye, for her power was not great enough to give her another. How- 
ever, she told her daughter to lie on that side on which there was no 
eye, so that the king might not observe it. In the evening the king 
came home, and when he heard that he had a little son, he was 
very much pleased, and wished to visit his dear queen, and see how 
she was getting on ; but the old woman cried out in a great hurry, 
" Don't touch the curtain ! the queen must not see the light, and 
must be left quite quiet." So the king wentaway.and never found 
out that he was deceived. 

But when it was midnight, and all the world was sleeping, the 
nurse, who sat beside the cradle, and who was the only one awake, 
saw the door open, and the true queen come in. She took the 


child out of the cradle, and rocked it gently, then, shaking up the 
pillows, she laid it down again and covered it with the counterpane. 
She did not forget the fawn either, but went to the corner where 
it lay, and stroked it. And then she passed out without making any 
noise. The nurse asked the sentinels, next morning, whether any 
©ne had entered the palace during the night, but they said, " No ; 
we have seen nobody." The queen continued to come in the same 
way for several nights, though she never spoke a word, and the nurse 
always saw her, but never dared to mention it. 
At last the queen began to speak, and said :— 

" How fareth my babe ? and how tareth my fawn ? 
Twice more can I come, and then never again." 

The nurse could not answer her, but when she had disappeared 
she went to the king, and told him all about it. "What does it 
mean ? " said he, " I will watch myself by the child to-night." And 
when it was evening he watched, and sure enough at midnight the 
dead queen appeared and said : — 

"How fareth my babe \ and how fareth my fawn ? 
Once more can I came, and then never again." 

And she fondled the child as before, and then vanished. 
The king did not dare to speak to her ; but he watched again 
the next night. This time she said : — 

"How fareth my babe ? and how fareth my fawn . 
This time is the last : I come never again." 

When he heard that, the king could no longer keep from speak- 
ing. He sprang forward and cried, " You surely are no other than 
my own dear queen ? " She replied, " Yes, I am your queen," and as 
soon as she had said so she was restored to life, and became once 
ipore fresh and blooming. Then she told what the witch and her 


one-eyed daughter had done. The king ordered them to be tried, 
and sentence was passed upon them. The daughter was taken 
into the woods, and the wild beasts tore her to pieces, and the 
witch was burnt. And as soon as there was nothing left of her 
but ashes, 'the little fawn took again his human shape, and was a 
very handsome young man ; and the king and the queen and the 
queen's brother lived all happily together to the end of their 


There was once a miller, who at his death had no other legacy to 
leave to lfis three children than his mill, his ass, and his cat. The 
property was soon divided. The eldest son took the mill, the 

second took the 
ass, and as for the 
remained for 
him was the cat. 
This share in 
his father's pro- 
perty did not 
appear m u c h 
worth, so the 
youngest son 
began to grnm. 
b 1 e . " M y 
brothers," said 
he, " will be 
able to earn an 
honest liveli- 
hood by going 




into partnership ; but when I have eaten my cat and sold his skin, I 
shall be sure to die of hunger." 

The cat, who was sitting beside him, chanced to overhear this. 
He at once rose, and, looking at his master with a very grave and 
wise air, said, " Nay, don't 


take such a gloomy view 

of things. Only give me 

a bag, and get me a pair 

of boots made, so that I 

may stride through the 

bramble-bushes without 

hurting myself, and you 

will soon see that I am 

worth more than you 

imagine." The cat's new 

master did not put much 

faith in these promises, but he had seen him perform so many 

clever tricks in catching rats and mice, that he did not quite 

despair of his helping him to better his fortunes. 

As soon as the cat got what he asked for, he drew on his boots 
and slung the bag round his neck, taking hold of the two strings 
with his° fore-paws. * He then set off for a warren plentifully 
stocked with rabbits. When he got there, he filled his bag with 
bran and lettuces, and stretched himself out beside it as stiff as if 
he had been dead, and waited till some fine young rabbit, ignorant 
of the wickedness and deceit of the world, should be tempted 
into the bag by the prospect of a feast. This happened very 
soon. A fat thoughtless rabbit went in headlong, and the cat at 
once drew the strings and strangled him without mercy. Puss, of 
course, was very proud of his success ; and he immediately went to 
the palace and asked to speak to the king. He was shown into 
the king's cabinet, when he bowed respectfully to his majesty, and 


said. " Sire, here is a magnificent rabbit, from the warren of the 
Marquis of Carabas" (that was the title the cat had taken it into 
his head to bestow upon his master), " which he desires me to 
present to your majesty." 

" Tell your master," said the king, " that I accept his present 
and am very much obliged to him." 

A few days after, the cat went and hid himself in the corn- 
field, and held his bag open as before. This time two splendid 
partridges were lured into the trap, when he drew the strings and 
made them both prisoners. He then went and presented them 
to the king as he had done with the rabbit. The king received 
the partridges very graciously; indeed, he was so pleased, that 
he ordered the messenger of the Marquis of Carabas to be hand- 
somely rewarded for his trouble. 

For two or three months the cat went on in this way carry- 
ing game every now and then to the palace, and telling the king 
always the same story, that he was indebted for it to the Marquis 
of Carabas. At last the cat happened to hear that the king was 
going to take a drive on the banks of the river, along with his 
daughter, the most beautiful princess in the world. Puss went off 
to his master. " Sir," said he, " if you will follow my advice your 
fortune is made. You need only go and bathe in the river at a 
place I shall show you, and leave the rest to me." 

" Very well," said the 
miller's son, and he did as the 
cat advised. Just as he was 
bathing the king went past. 
Then the cat began to bawl 
out as loud as he co«ld, 
" Help! help! or the Marquis 
of Carabas will be drowned ! 
When he heard the cries, the king looked out of the carriage- 
window. He saw the cat who had so frequently brought him 



rabbits and partridges, and ordered his body-guards to fly at once 
to the help of my Lord Marquis of Carabas. 

Whilst the poor marquis was being fished out of the water the 
cat came up to the royal carriage and told his majesty, that, as his 
master was bathing, some robbers had stolen his clothes, although 
he had cried out " Stop thief I " with all his might. The king 
immediately commanded the gentleman of his wardrobe to go and 
fetch one of his most magnificent suits of clothes for the Mar- 
quis of Carabas. The order was executed in a twinkling, and soon 
the miller's son appeared splendidly attired before the king and the 
princess. He was naturally a handsome young man, and in his 
gay dress he looked so well that the king took him for a very fine 
gentleman, and the princess was so struck with his appearance 

that she at once fell over head and ears in love. 

The king insisted 

on his getting into 

the carriage and 

taking a drive with 

them. ■ The cat 

greatly pleased at 

the turn things were 

taking, ran on 

before. He reached 

a meadow where 

some peasants were 

'mowing grass. 

Good people," said 

he, " if you do not 

tell the king, when 

he comes this way 

that the field 

you are mowing 




belongs to the Marquis of Carabas, you shall all be chopped as 
fine as mincemeat." The king did not fail to ask the mowers 
to whom the meadow belonged. " To the Marquis of Carabas, 
please your majesty," said they, trembling, for the threat of the 
cat had frightened them mightily. " Upon my word, marquis," 
said the king, " this is fine land of yours." " Yes, sire," replied 
the miller's son, " it is not a bad meadow take it all together." 
The cat who continued to run on before the carriage, now 
came up to some reapers. He bounced in upon them, " I say, 
you reapers," cried he, " see you tell the king that all this corn 
belongs to the Marquis of Carabas, or you shall every one of 
you be chopped as fine as mincemeat." The king passed by a 
moment after, and asked to whom the corn-fields belonged. " To 
the Marquis of Carabas, please your majesty," said the reapers. 
" Really, dear marquis, I am pleased you own so much land," 
remarked the king. And the cat kept still running on before the 
carriage and repeating the same instructions to all the laborers 
he came up to, so you may fancy how astonished the king was 
at the vast possessions of the Marquis of Carabas. 

At length the cat 
arrived at a great 
castle where an ogre 
lived, who was im- 
mensely rich, for all 
the lands the king 
had been riding 
through were a por- 
tion of his estate. 
He knocked at the 
big gate, and sent in 
a message to the 
ogre, asking leave to 



pay his respects to him. The ogre, received him as civilly as an ogre 
could possibly do, and bade him rest himself. " You are very 
kind," said the cat and he took a chair ; " I have heard, Mr. 
Ogre," he went on to say, " that you have the power of changing 
yourself into all sorts of animals, such, for instance, as a lion or an 


" So I have," replied the ogre, rather abruptly, "and to prove it, 

you will see 

me become a 

lion." And, 

in a moment, 

there stood 

the lion. The 

cat was seized 

with such a 

fright, that he 

jumped off his 

seat, made for the window, and clambered up to the roof. 

After a time, he saw the ogre return to his natural shape, so he 

came down again and confessed that he had been very much 

frightened. " But, Mr. Ogre, " said he, " it may be easy for such 

a big gentleman as you to change yourself into a large animal ; 

I do not suppose you can become a small one— say a rat or a 

mouse." " Impossible indeed! " said the ogre, quite indignantly, 

'• you shall see!" and immediately he took the shape of a mouse 

and began frisking about on the floor, when the cat pounced upon 

him and ate him up in a moment. 

By this time the king had reached the gates of the ogres castle, 
and it looked so grand that he expressed a strong wish to enter 
it The cat heard the rumbling of the carriage across the draw- 
bridge, so he ran out in a great hurry, and stood on the marble 
steps, and cried, "Welcome to the castle of the Marquxs of 
Carabas ! " 

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r-crss in boots. 

The marquis handed out the princess, and, following the king 
they entered a great hall, where a magnificent feast was laid out 
which had been prepared for some of the ogre's friends. They 
sat down to eat ; and now we come to the end of our story. 
The kirig was delighted with the good qualities of the Marquis 
of Carabas. So his majesty, after drinking five or six glasses of 
wine, looked across the table, and said, " It rests with you, mar- 
quis, whether you will become my son-in-law." The marquis re- 
plied that he should only be too happy ; and the very next day the 
princess and he were married. 

As for the cat, he became a great lord, and ever after only hunt 
ed mice for his own amusement. 





was once 
a kin g's 
daughter so 
be a u t i f u 1 
that they 
called her 
the Fair 
One with 
Locks. In 
a neighbor- 
ing country 

there was a 
young king 
who want- 
ed nothing 
but a wife 
to make 
him happy. 

Everybody spoke to him about the good qualities of the Fair One 
with Golden Locks, and at last, without even seeing her. he fell 
desperately in love with her. He made up his mind to send an 
ambassador at once to ask her in marriage. But, alas ! when the 
ambassador delivered his message, the princess told him she had 
not the slightest wish to be married. 

When the unsuccessful ambassador returned, the king, as you 
may suppose, was very sad. Now, there was a young gentleman 


at court, named Avenant. He was as beautiful as the sun, and 
every one loved him, except those people — to be found everywhere 
— who were envious of his good fortune. These malicious people 
heard him say once, " If the king had sent me to fetch the Fair 
One with Golden Locks, I know she would have come back with 
me," and they repeated the saying in such a way, that it seemed as 
if Avenant thought so much of himself and his fine looks, that he 
felt sure the princess would have followed him all over the world. 
When this came to the ears of the king, it made him so angry that 
he ordered Avenant to be imprisoned in a high tower, and left to 
die there of hunger. The guards carried off poor Avenant, and 
he was left in the tower with nothing to eat, and only water to 
drink. This, however, kept him alive for a few days, during which 
he never ceased to complain aloud about his misfortunes. 

It so happened that the king, coming past the tower, overheard 
him. The tears rushed into his eyes, he opened the door, and 
called, "Avenant!" Avenant came, creeping feebly along, and 
fell at the king's feet. " What harm," he said, " have I done that 
you should treat me so cruelly ? " " You have mocked me and my 
ambassador ; for you said, if I had sent you to fetch the Fair One 
with Golden Locks you would have brought her back." " I did 
say it; and it was true," replied Avenant fearlessly ; "for I should 
have told her so much about you and your good qualities, that I 
am sure she would have returned with me." " I believe it," said 
the king, and he looked angrily at those who had spoken ill of his 
favorite. He then gave Avenant a free pardon, and took him back 
with him to the court. After supper, to which Avenant did full 
justice, the king admitted him to a private audience ; and said, 
" I am as much in love as ever with the Fair One with Golden 
Locks, so I shall take you at your word, and send you to try and 
win her for me." "Very well," replied Avenant, cheerfully; "I 
shall go to-morrow." 


It was on a Monday that he started. He rode slowly ; and one 
morning he came to a stream running through a meadow. He 
dismounted and sat down on its banks. There he saw a large 
golden carp that had jumped quite out of the water, gasping, and 
and nearly dead, on the grass ; Avenant took pity on it, and lifted 
it gently, and put it back into the stream. The carp took a plunge 
to & refresh itself, and then came back, and said, " Avenant, I thank 
you for your kindness ; if ever I can, I will do you a good turn." 

Next day he met a raven in great distress ; it was being pursued 
by an ea<de, which would have swallowed it up in no time ; so he 
let fly an arrow, and shot the eagle dead. The raven, delighted, 
perched on an opposite tree. " Avenant," he screeched, " you 
have generously helped me ; I am not ungrateful, and will do you 
a good turn whenever I can." « Thank you," said Avenant. 

Some days after he entered a thick wood, and in it he heard an 
owl hooting, as if in trouble. She had been caught by the nets 
spread by bird-catchers to entrap small birds. Avenant took out 
his knife, cut the net, and let the owl go free. She mounted into 
the air, and cried out, " Avenant, I have a grateful heart ; I shall 
recompense you one day ! " 

These were the principal adventures that befell Avenant on his 
journey to the kingdom of the Fair One with Golden _ Locks 
When he got there he dressed himself with the greatest pains, and 
carrying in his hand a small basket in which was a lovely little 
dog, an offering of respect to the princess, he presented himself at 
the palace gates. The Fair One with Golden Locks was very soon 
told that Avenant, another ambassador from the king her suitor, 

awaited an audience. 

When she was grandly dressed to receive him, Avenant was 
admitted to her presence. He then said all that he had to say. 
- Gentle Avenant," returned the princess, " your arguments are 
very strong, and I am inclined to listen to them; but I must tell 


you that about a month back I let a ring fall into the river, and 1 
resolved not to listen to a marriage-proposal from anybody unless 
his ambassador found me that lost treasure." 

Avenant, surprised and vexed, made a low bow and retired, tak- 
ing with him the basket and the little dog, Cabriole, which the 
princess had refused to accept. Till far on in the night he sat 
sighing to himself. " My dear master," said Cabriole, " fortune 
will, no doubt, favor you ; let us go at daybreak to the river-side." 
Avenant patted him, but said nothing, and at last, worn out with 
grief, he fell asleep. At dawn, Cabriole wakened him. " Master," 
he cried, " dress yourself, and let us go to the river." There Ave- 
nant walked up and down, and before long he heard a voice calling 
from a distance, "Avenant! Avenant!" The little dog ran to the 
water-side — " Never believe me again, master, if it is not a golden 
carp with a ring in its mouth ! " "Yes, Avenant," said the carp, 
" this is the ring which the princess has lost; you saved my life 
once, and I have recompensed you. Farewell!" Avenant took the 
ring gratefully, and hastened to the palace. Begging an audience, 
he handed the ring to the princess, and asked her to accompany 
him now to his master's kingdom. She took the ring, looked at it, 
and thought she was surely dreaming ; then she made up her mind 
to set him a second task. " There is a prince named Galifron," 
she said, " whom I have often refused to marry. He is a giant, as 
tall as a tower ; go and fight him and bring me his head." " Very 
well, madam," replied Avenant, " I go at once to fight the giant Gali- 
fron." The princess, who never had expected that Avenant would 
consent, now did all she could to persuade him not to go, but in 
vain. Avenant armed himself and set off. 

He drew near the castle of Galifron, and soon he saw the giant 
walking, and his head was level with the highest trees. He caught 
sight of Avenant, and would have slain him on the spot, had not a 
raven, sitting on a tree close at hand, suddenly flown at him, and 
picked out both his eyes. Then Avenant easily killed him, and 


cut off his head. The raven perched on a tree, and cried out, 
" You shot the eagle who was pursuing me; I promised to recom- 
pense you, and to-day I have done it." " I am your debtor," said 
Avenant. He hung the frightful head to his saddle-bow, mounted 
his horse^ and rode back to the city. The princess, who had 
trembled for his safety, was delighted to see him return. " Madam," 
said Avenant, " your enemy is dead ; so I trust you will accept the 
hand of the king my master." " I cannot," replied she, thoughtfully, 
" unless you first bring me a phial of the water in the Grotto of 
Darkness. The grotto is ten miles in length, and guarded at the 
entrance by two fiery dragons. Within it is a pit full of scorpions, 
lizards, and serpents ; and at the bottom of the pit rises the Foun- 
tain of Beauty and Health. All ./ho wash in its water become, 
if ugly, beautiful; and if beautiful, beautiful forever: if old they 
grow young; and if young, remain young, forever." " Princess," 
replied Avenant, " you are already so lovely that you do not need 
it. But I am an unfortunate ambassador, whose death you desire. 
I will obey you, though I know I shall never return." 

So he went away, accompanied by his faithful little dog, He 
reached a high mountain, and from the top he saw a hole in a 
rock. A moment after appeared one of the two fiery dragons. 
Avenant drew his sword, and taking out a phial given him by the 
princess, he enter the cave. Just then a voice called, 
" Avenant, Avenant ! " and he saw an owl sitting in a hollow tree. 
The owl said, " You cut the net in which I was caught, and I 
vowed to recompense you. Give me the phial. I know every 
corner of the Grotto of Darkness. I will fetch the Water of 
Beauty." Delighted beyond words, Avenant gave him the phial. 
The owl flew with it into the grotto, and soon re-appeared, bring- 
ing it quite full and well corked. After thanking the owl most 
heartily, Avenant joyfully returned to the city. 

The Fair One with Golden Locks had no more to say. She 

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agreed to accompany him to his master's cour f - At length they 
arrived at the king's palace, and the Fair One mth Golden Locks 

became the queen. But in her heart she loved Avenant ; and she 
praised him so much to the king, that he at last became jealous; 


and, though Avenant gave him no cause of offence, he shut him 
up in the same high tower as before. When the Fair One with 
Golden Locks heard of this, she reproached her husband with his 
ingratitude, and then implored that Avenant might be set at liberty. 
But the king only said, " she loves him ! " and refused her prayer. 
The queen asked no more, but fell into a deep melancholy. When 
the king saw it, he thought she did not care for him because he 
was not handsome enough, and that if he could wash his face with 
her Water of Beauty, it would make her love him more. He 
knew that she kept it in a cabinet in her own room. 

Now it happened that a waiting-maid, in cleaning out this cabi- 
net the "very day before, had knocked down the phial and broken 
it into a thousand pieces ; so that all the contents were lost. Very 
much alarmed, she had remembered seeing in a cabinet belonging 
to the king a similar phial. This she fetched, and put it in the 
place of the one which had held the Water of Beauty. But the 
king's phial contained the Water of Death. Now the king took 
up this phial, believing it to be the Water of Beauty, washed his 
face, fell asleep, and died. 

Cabriole heard the news, and, making his way through the 
crowd which clustered round the young and lovely queen, he 
whispered softly to her, " Madam, do not forget poor Avenant." 
She was not disposed to do so. She rose up, without speaking to 
anybody, and went straight to the tower where he was imprisoned 
There, with her own hands, she struck off his chains, and, putting 
a crown of gold on his head, said to him, " Be king and my hus- 

Avenant could not refuse, for in his heart he had loved her all 
the time. The marriage was celebrated with all imaginable pomp, 
and all the people were delighted to have him as their sovereign. 
And now I have nothing more to tell than that Avenant and the 
Fair One with Golden Locks lived and reigned happily all the rest 
of theii 


Once on a time there was a Little Old Woman who lived in a 
Shoe. This shoe stood near a great forest, and was so large it 
served as a house for the Old Lady and all her children, of which 
she had so many that she did not know what to do with them. 

But the Little Old Woman was very fond of her children, and 
they thought only of the best way to please her. They all liked 
very much to be in the open air and to be permitted to work 


in the sunshine. First, there was 
Strong-arm, a fine healthy boy, 
who cut down trees in the forest 
to supply his mother with fire- 
wood. Here you may see him 
carrying two great bundles, which 
he has felled from the forest close 
by. Then there was Peter, who 
was very skilful with his hands 
and fingers ; he would weave the 
young and supple osiers into the 
strangest and prettiest shapes- 




ng baskets for his mother, and cradles for his little brothers 
sisters. Mark was the chief gardener, and, helped by his 

brothers and sisters, watched 
the growth of the vegetables and 
flowers in the garden. Simon 
tended the Sheep ; which he 
would take to the fine mead- 
ows to nibble the grass, and 
at evening carefully bring 
tham home to their nice little 
shed that Strong-arm had 
built ; Tom had care of the 
Rabbits and never forgot to 
give them fresh cabbage- 
leaves every day. He also 
had charge of the good- 
natured Cow; Lizzie, the 
eldest sister, milked it, and 
fed the Cocks and Hens, 
and gathered the new-laid 
eggs, so that every morning 
she could have a number of 
them to put on the table 
for breakfast and made the 
butter and the fine large 
cheeses. She also knew 
how to make bread, as also 
very light pies, puddings, and 

custards, and would often 
bake nice cakes for her 
good brothers, which 
they had as a reward 
when they did their work 
well. It was Harry's task 
to bring from the bubbling 
and sparkling well, sweet 
water for his mother, and 
brothers and sisters. 

It was Jenny's duty to 
teach the youngest childr. :-j 
to read, and this she Ud 
with great patience and 
care — the youngest cnes she taught by showing them nice 
books. The old wninan was very industrious herself, and 




that all her children should b<* so likewise, for she knew that to be 
clever and useful when we grow up, we must begin to learn when 
we are young. I must not forget to mention the great dog Grim, 
who watched the house, and kept off danger in the night by his 
barking. He always took his station by the Shoe, and guarded 
well the family in the darknes'. A brave fellow he was, as was 
once shown, when a large savage Wolf came out of the forest, 
and seized one of the little children by the frock. Grim ran at 
the hungry animal, and, not at all daunted, caught him by the 
throat, rolling him over on the ground. Strong-arm was near 



and, rushing upon the Wolf with his hatchet, at one blow killed 
it. After this, he hung up the skin on a tree, as a warning to all 
other hungry Wolves who might come prowling that way ! 

In the morning, when Strong-arm had gone into the forest, 
and when Mark was working in the garden, and while Simon and 
Peter were making baskets or tending the Sheep, this Little Old 



Lady would go forth to the brook, with all her younger children, 
to wash the clothes. The girls would go into the water and help 
their mother to wash, whilst Willie and Charlie would lay out the 
clothes to dry ; when this 
was done, they were care- 
fully folded and carried 
home in baskets by the 
boys; thus every thing 
was done in a neat and 
orderly manner. 

Now, it was in this way 
the Old Lady spent her 
time, and in this way she 
ruled and taught her 
children. It is certain 
she would have been as 
happy as her youngest 
children playing in the 
sunshine, were it not for 
one sad event. You will 
soon learn what this event 
was ; meanwhile, I must 
tell you that, when the 
poor Old Lady thought 
of it, it caused her so much 
pain that she would be 
forced to leave her work. 




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Then, sitting on the green bank by the river's side, she would 
weep long in great grief. 

This Little Old Woman had not always lived in a Shoe. No; 
she and her family had once dwelt in a large house with great 
windows, that stood on the banks of the sparkling lake. It was a 



charming house ; the front and sides were all grown over with 
creeping plants and ivy, and it had a fine roof of bright-red tiles. 
Very happy were they in those days. Alas ! ill-fortune came upon 
them at a moment when they least expected it. 


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It was an event that caused all the poor Little Old Lady's grief, 
for it was nothing else than the loss, of her husband, whom she 
loved so much and had not now seen for so many years. He was, 
like his son Strong-arm, a wood-cutter. One day, as was his cus- 
tom, he went into the forest to fell trees. Now, there lived in a 
huge castle beyond the forest, a fierce Giant, whose name was 
Gorgoras. He was as tall as the highest trees in the forest, his 
arms and legs as large as any of their branches, while his body was 
thicker than the trunk of any tree in the wood. His face was 



almost covered with black hair, and his great eyes were like red- 
hot coals. One day, this cruel Giant came out from his castle, 
and, being in a bad temper, he, with many blows of his club, 
dashed the house of the poor Little Old Woman into ruins ! It 
was a very lucky thing that she and all her children were out in 
the fields at the time. After this, the Giant went into the forest, 
and, seeing the father at work, he, in a voice which sounded like 
thunder among the trees, asked him what he did there? The 
poor man was dumb with terror, and his knees shook and 


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trembled. The Giant said he wanted a man lc cut wood 
for the fires in his castle, and, upon this, he. seized the wood- 
cutter by the waist and bore him off. When the Little Old Woman 
came home, she found her house in ruins, and her husband was 
nowhere to be seen ! She knew at once that it was the work of the 
wicked Giant, and became alarmed for her husband, as she «vas 


certain that if he were seen by the Giant he would either kill him 
or carry him to the deep dungeons in his castle. Night came on, 
and her husband did not return, so she and her family went in 
search of him, When they came to that part of the wood where 
the Giant had met their father, they saw an immense Shoe. They 



spent a long time weeping and cry- « 

ing out for their father, meeting 
with no reply but the sighing of the 
wind among the branches of the for- 
est trees. Then the Old Lady 
thought she and her children would 
drag the Shoe out of the wood and 
take shelter in it, till they should be 
able to build a fresh house. They 
fixed it firmly in the ground, prop- 
ped it up with stout beams of tim- 
ber, covered the top with a trap- 
door to keep out rain and wind, 
and, as it was very high, Peter and 
Strong-arm cut a piece out of 

the side to make an entrance. In this shoe they lived for many a 
year, finding it suit them so well that they gave up the idea of 
building a fresh house. Yet the Little Old Lady never forgot her 
husband and his sad fate. Often would she sigh, and many hours 
would she spend thinking of the best way to release him from the 
bondage of the Giant ; but no plan could she form for his rescue. 
Strong-arm had seen how wretched his mother was, and. he was 
filled with sorrow as he watched her weeping and moaning on the 
river's bank. When he learned it was for his father she mourned, 
he was fired with the desire to release him at any cost ; so he spoke 
to his brothers, who determined that he and the eleven next eldest 
should go forth to conquer the Giant. His mother knew the 
Giant's strength, and would not hear of his making the attempt. 



She was sure he would be killed if he dared to approach the 
Giant's castle. But the heart of Strong-arm knew no fear, and he 
was ready to meet any danger. He bought a dozen sharp swords, 
keeping for his own use an immense blade, such as in his powerful 



hands would deal a terrible 

blow! He told his skilful 

brother Peter to construct 

twelve strong shields of wicker- ' 

work with iron spikes in the 

centre of each, and as many 

helmets of the same kind. 

Both shields and helmets were 

very light, though so closely 

woven that they were not cut 

by the heaviest blows that 

Strong-arm could deal on them. 

To make success more certain, 

the skilful Peter made twelve 

cross-bows, and for each one he 

added a hundred iron-headed 

arrows. Strong-arm and his 

eleven brothers were now ready 

to go 'forth and attack the 

Giant ; but the Old Lady was 

full of fear. Her eldest son 

would hear of no delay, so they 

put on their helmets, with their 

swords and shields. Then 

Strong-arm had them all stand 

in order like well-trained soldiers, and going one at a time to their 

mother, she gave each son her blessing, and then fell upon her 

knees and prayed for their success as they went forth. 



Strong-arm now gave the order to advance, and they started 
for the forest. They marched along with bold hearts, for it was a 
long way off, and the road through the forest was difficult to find, 
but they neither cared for difficulties nor trouble, so long as they 
had the chance of restoring their kind father to liberty ; their 
cause was good, Strong-arm said, and that right over might 
should be their motto. When night came on, they were yet a 
great distance from the castle, so they collected some wood and 
made a fire, which they all sat round, and had some supper, which 
their good mother had provided them with before starting. After 
Mipper Strong-arm related histories to them showing how those 
who fought for the true and just always conquered the wicked at 
last, and told them that to be great men they must be good men; 

who hhljj in a i>WJh. 

then they all prayed that they might get their father out of the 
hands of the wicked Giant, after which they lay down to sleep, two 
always being left to watch. As soon as the sun rose, they all 
washad in a clear stream that was near ; then Strong-arm served out 
to each a nice biscuit ; this with a drink of spring water was their 
breakfast, which they enjoyed very much. All being ready, the 
order was given to march, and they soon came in sight of the 
Giant's castle. Around the castle was a deepditch, and before the 
massive gate there was a narrow bridge. 

Strong-arm, leaving his eleven brothers in a little wood close by 
the bridge, where they might remain safe yet within call if he 
should want them, boldly strode up to the entrance. He seized 



the knocker which was so heavy that it required the strength of 
both his hands to lift it, Then he sounded such a peal on the 
door that it fairly shook the walls of the castle ; the door was 
opened by a funny little boy with a large head, who kept grinning 


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and laughing. Strong-arm 
demanded of him where his 
master the Giant was to be 
found, but the little fellow 
only laughed the louder. 

At the noise, and hearing 
a strange voice, up sprang an 
ill-looking little man, with a 
large knife in his hand, who 
had been crouched down in 
the shadow, and so had not 
been seen by Strong-arm, who 
quickly placed his wicker- 
work shield before his breast, 
and pressed forward; the 
man cried, Get back, or I'll 
kill you ; this is not the place 
for good boys — Get back, he 
cried ; but Strong-arm made 
a thrust at him and plunged 
his sword deep into the little 
man's side, who crept quickly 
into his dark corner again. 

Strong-arm now felt very 
valiant, and walked boldly 
across the court-yard.and pres- 
ently he met a very smartly dressed page, who took his hat off and 


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bowed to Strong-arm, asking what he might please to want. Strong. 

arm said he had come to liberate his father, whom he knew was kept 

a prisoner by the Giant ; on this 
the little man said, You must 
cross the inner court-yard, and 
there you will see Old Margery 
Longnose sweeping the floor ; 
you must speak very kindly 
to her and she may perhaps 
assist you. Strong-arm soon 
found the old woman, to 
whom he related his story, 
at which she said she was 
sorry for him, because the 
part of the castle in which 
his father was kept was guard- 
ed by a large Dragon, and 
unless he could kill it he 
never could get his father's 
liberty. Strong-arm, noth- 
ing daunted, followed the 
old woman's direction, and 
soon found himself in the 
presence of the monster, who 
was fast asleep; so Strong- 
arm made short work of it 
by sending his sword right 



through its heart; at which it jumped up, uttering a loud scream 
and made as if it would spring forward and seize Strong-arm ; but 
the good sword had done its work, and the monster fell heavHy on 
the ground dead. 

Now whilst all this was going vu, the giant who had been 



drinking much wine, was fast asleep in 
a remote part of the castle. Strong- 
arm had no sooner finished the Dragon, 
than up strutted the funny little boy 
who fir>.t opened the door, grinning and 
laughing as before, and said, Your ser- 
vant, sir, I know who and what you 
want ; at the same time leading Strong- 
arm round to another part of the court- 
yard, where lie saw his poor father, who 


immediately sprung to his feet and embraced his son. He said 
he was a dear, good, and dutiful boy to encounter so much danger 
for him ; but alas ! how was he to escape, for he was chained to 
the door. Then Strong-arm called up his brothers, and when 
they had embraced their father, they soon broke the chain and set 
him free ; so they all started off in the greatest joy for home. 



I must return to the Little Old Woman. She, after her sons 
had gone away, gave way to the most bitter grief for having let 
them go to share the same cruel fate as her husband. , While in 
this state, an old Witch came up to her, and on the Old Lady tell- 
ing her the cause of her sorrow, she said she would help her, that 
the Giant was an enemy of hers, and she would not only see that 
the good sons prospered, but that the Giant should meet with such 
pungent as his wicked ways deserved. Then the old Witch 
took the Little Lady on her broom, and they sailed off through 
the air, straight for the Giant's castle. 

On their way the Witch related how the Giant and she hated 




each other: that she had great power, and wished to kill the 
Giant. To carry out her design, she began by afflicting him with 
corns and tender feet. Now when the Giant awoke from his sleep 
he was in such pain that he c*ould bear it no longer, so he thought 
he would go in search of his missing Shoe, which, like the other 
one he had in his castle, was easy and large for his foot. When 



he came to the spot where the Old Lady and her children lived, 
he saw his old Shoe, and, with a laugh that shook the trees, he 
thrust his foot into it, breaking through the trap door at the top ! 


The children, 
in great alarm, rushed 
about inside the Shoe, 
and, in great fear and trembling, scram- 
bled through the door slits which the 


Giant had formerly made for 

the Witch and the Little Old 

Lady, as also Strong-arm, his 

eleven brothers, and his father 

were come up to the spot. 

Strong-arm and his eleven 

brothers shot their arrows 

at him till at last he fell 

wounded, when Strong-arm 

went up to him and cut 

off his head. Then the father 

and the Little Old Woman 

and her many children built 

a new house, and lived happil;- 

ever afterwards. 

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In that good old time when wishing was having, there lived ? 
king who had several daughters, and they were all beautiful. But 
the youngest was the loveliest. Near the king's palace lay a great 
dark forest, and in the forest was a fountain. When it was very 
hot, the king's daughter used to seat herself at the edge of the 
cool fountain, and played with a golden ball, throwing it up in the 
air and catching it again. Now, one day it happened that she let 
the ball roll into the water. At the loss of her ball the king's 
daughter began to weep, and she cried louder and louder evary 

She had not been crying lone: before someone called to her, 
'■ What is the matter with you, king's daughter ? " She looked round 
to see who spoke, and saw a frog stretching his thick ugly head 
out of the water. " Oh, did you speak ? " said she ; " I am crying 
for my golden ball which has fallen into the fountain." " Be quiet 
and don't cry," answered the frog, " I dare say I can help you : 
but what will you give me if I fetch your ball ? " " Whatever you 
like, dear frog," said she ; " my clothes, my pearls, and jewels, even 
the gold crown I wear." The frog answered, " These are all ©f no 
use to me ; but if you will love me and let me be your companion 
and playfellow, and sit near you at your little table, and eat from 
your little golden plate, and drink from your little cup, and sleep 
in your little bed — if you will promise me all this, then I will fetch 
your golden ball from the bottom of the water." " Oh yes," said 
she, " I promise you everything, if you will only bring me back my 
golden ball." But she thought to herself all the time : " What 
nonsense the silly frog talks ! " As soon as the frog had received 
the promise, he dived down. In a little while up he came again 


with the ball in hi? mouth, and threw it on the grass. The king's 
daughter was full of joy when she saw her pretty plaything again ; 
she packed it up and ran away with it. " Stop! stop !" cried the 

frog ; * take me with you. I cannot go so fast as you." Alas I 
ail his crying was useless, the princess did not hear him. 

The next day, when she was sitting at dinner with the king and 
all his courtiers, eating from her little gold plate, a sound was heard 
of something coming up the marble stairs, splish-splash, splish- 
splash, and when it had reached the top, it knocked at the door 
and cried, " Youngest king's daughter, open the door." She rose 
and went to see who it was, but, when she opened the door and 


saw the frog, she shut it to with a bang, an u went back to her seat 
looking very pale. The king said, " What is this, my child ? why 
are you in such a fright ? Is there a giant outside to carry you 
off ? " " Oh no," answered she, " it is no giant, but an ugly frog." 
■ What does the frog want with you ? " said the king. She told 
him. Just then there was another knock, and a voice cried, 
" Youngest king's daughter, open the door ; have you forgotten 
the promise you made, by the clear fountain, beneath the lime-tree ? 
Youngest king's daughter, open the door ! " 

Then the king said, " What you promised you must perform. 
Go and let him in." She went and opened the door; in hopped 
the frog, and he followed her till he came up to her chair. There 
he sat, and cried out, " lift me up on the table." She would not, 
till her father ordered her to obey. As soon as the frog was on 
the table, he said, " Now push your little golden plate nearer me, 
that we may eat together." She did so, but, as one could easily 
see, very unwillingly. The frog seemed to enjoy his dinner, but 
ever>' bit she ate stuck in the throat of our poor little princess. 
Then the frog said, " I have eaten enough, and am tired ; carry 
me up-stairs to your little room, and make your little silken bed 
smooth, and we will lie down to sleep together." At this the prin- 
cess began to cry ; for she was afraid of the cold frog. But the 
king looked angrily at her, and said, " He who helped you when 
in trouble must not now be despised.' So she took up the frog 
with two fingers, and carried him up stairs. When she got into 
bed, instead of lifting him into it too, she threw him with all her 
strength against the wall, saying, " Now, you ugly frog, there will 
be an end to you ! " 

But as he fell from the wall he was changed from a frog into a 
handsome prince, with beautiful eyes, who became, by her own 
promise and her father's consent, her dear companion and husband 


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Then he told her how he had been changed by a witch, and how 
no one but herself could have released him from his enchantment. 
The next day as soon as the sun was up, a carriage, drawn by 
eight white horses with golden bridles, drove up to the palace gates. 
Behind it stood the faithful Henry, the servant of the young prince. 
This trustworthy attendant had been so grieved when his master 
was changed into a frog, that he had fastened three iron bands 
round his heart, for fear it should break with grief and sorrow. But 
now that the carriage was ready to convey the prince to his king- 
dom he mounted behind, fall of joy at his master's release. They 
had not gone far when the prince heard behind him a noise as if 
something was breaking. He turned round and cried out, " Henry, 
the carriage is breaking ! " But Henry replied, " No, sir, it is not 
the carriage, but one of the bands that I bound round my heart 
when I thought it would have burst with grief at your being a frog 
at the bottom of a fountain." Twice afterwards on the journey 
the same noise was heard, and both times the prince thought some- 
thing about the carriage was giving way, but it was only the bands 
which bound the heart of the faithful Henry breaking -out of joy 
that the Frog-prince was a frog no longer.